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                                      STARGATE SG1

                                      Episode 419

                                       "PRODIGY"

                                           By

                       Joseph Mallozzi, Paul Mullie & Brad Wright




               Jack walks to General Hammond's Office and knocks on the door.
 
               
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Come in.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         General, I'd like to talk to you about 
                         this mission upon which we are about 
                         to embark. Seems a bit ridiculous don't 
                         you think?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Have you met General Ryan?

               
                                     RYAN
                         Hello Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The General Ryan? Chief of Staff?

               
                                     RYAN
                         That's right.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Shouldn't there have been a memo or 
                         something?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         You were off world.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ahh yeah. So what brings you to our 
                         little secret base Sir?
 
               
                                     RYAN
                         That would be the ridiculous mission 
                         you just mentioned.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Of course.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         I'm proposing N4C862 become a permanent 
                         research station. I'd like you to make 
                         an assessment.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         The General Ryan?

               
                                     RYAN
                         I've read a lot about you Colonel, from 
                         General Hammond's reports.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes, Sir?

               
                                     RYAN
                         Thus far we like your work.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you Sir. I like yours. Your Air 
                         Force. The Air Force. I love the Air 
                         Force.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Anything else Colonel?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No Sir. Well actually I'd like to know 
                         how Daniel and Carter got out of this..very 
                         important mission?
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Dr. Jackson is offworld with SG11 and 
                         Major Carter is giving a lecture at 
                         the Air Force Academy in theoretical 
                         astrophysics. If you'd care to take 
                         her place?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Then you're dismissed.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you Sir. Sirs. Both of you.

               
               Jack leaves.

               
                                     RYAN
                         Got your hands full with that one, eh 
                         George?
 
               
               Air Force Academy.

               
               Carter is giving a lecture.

               
                                     CARTER
                         So as a result of these modular functions, 
                         the unwanted variables are always expressed 
                         as multiples of N minus 10. Therefore 
                         if we assume the existence of 10 dimensions 
                         in space-time, the variables are cancelled 
                         out and the calculation suddenly begins 
                         to make sense.
 
               
                                     CADET
                         Excuse me ma'am. Did you say 10 dimensions?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes I did. Look, I realise these concepts 
                         are a little bizarre and that many of 
                         you cadets would rather be somewhere 
                         else right now, jump school, flight 
                         training. Believe me I know. I used 
                         to sit in those chairs and listen to 
                         the same boring lectures. No offence 
                         Professor. But on the other hand, the 
                         aerodynamics that are one day going 
                         to allow you to fly an F22, started 
                         out as squiggles on a board just like 
                         this one. These calculations are the 
                         key to opening up the entire universe. 
                         Wormholes and hyperspace may seem like 
                         science fiction, but take my word for 
                         it, the future is a lot closer than 
                         you might think.
 
               
               The students are leaving; Carter is packing up her things, talking 
               to the Professor.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Guess that wasn't so bad.

               
                                     PROF
                         No, no you actually made the topological 
                         configurations of multiple dimensions 
                         seem interesting.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         This is wrong.

               
                                     PROF
                         What's that Cadet?

               
                                     HALEY
                         I'm sorry Sir but the calculations are 
                         incorrect.
 
               
                                     PROF
                         I appreciate your enthusiasm Cadet, 
                         but perhaps you should wait until you 
                         graduate before you start criticising 
                         the work of a leader in the field of 
                         astrophysics.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes Sir, of course. My apologies Ma'am.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Who was that?

               
                                     PROF
                         Jennifer Haley. Very intelligent but 
                         difficult personality.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well she's right.

               
                                     PROF
                         Really?

               
                                     CARTER
                         These variables should be reversed.
 
                         
               
                                     PROF
                         I didn't even notice.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Neither did I.

               
               Titles

               
               Off world.

               
                                     GRIFF
                         Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Major. Report.

               
                                     GRIFF
                         Well we've got a pretty thrilling week. 
                         Two days Dr Thompson lost his glasses. 
                         And just this morning the electron microscope 
                         broke down.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Wow.

               
                                     GRIFF
                         Yeah. Non stop excitement.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, we'll take it from here. You're 
                         relieved.
 
               
                                     GRIFF
                         Sir.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Major Griff?

               
                                     GRIFF
                         Dr Hamilton?

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Do you realise we still haven't received 
                         those parts for the back up generator?
 
                         
               
                                     GRIFF
                         I put the requisition in three days 
                         ago.
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Well that's just not good enough. We 
                         obviously need to have a serious talk 
                         about our supply procedures.
 
               
                                     GRIFF
                         Well unfortunately Doctor, I've just 
                         been relieved. But.. I'm sure Colonel 
                         O'Neill would love to discuss it with 
                         you.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Love is the word.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel O'Neill is it? I don't know 
                         if this is a military thing generally, 
                         or just Major Griff's incompetence but 
                         I can't seem to get anything I ask for.
 
                         
               
               They walk off.

               
               Air force Academy

               
               Sam knocks on the door to the general's office.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Come. Samantha, Sam. Good to see you 
                         again come in, sit down, sit down.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's good to see you again Sir, thank 
                         you.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Well, well, well. So how was the lecture?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well no one fell asleep.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Very impressive.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you Sir. I did have an interesting 
                         encounter with one of your cadets. Jennifer 
                         Haley.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Caught your eye did she? I thought she 
                         might.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         She pointed out a mistake in a complex 
                         equation that changed the result completely. 
                         I couldn't believe it.
 
               
               He hands her a report entitled `Towards a new cosmology of multiple 
               realities.'
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Here, give this a read. Once you brush 
                         the chip off her shoulder, she reminds 
                         me of another bright young cadet who 
                         came through here a few years back.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I've no idea who you're talking about 
                         Sir.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Cadet Haley is a very smart young woman, 
                         her SAT's were through the roof, even 
                         higher than yours. Unfortunately she's 
                         sometimes too smart for her own damn 
                         good.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Professor Monroe said she has discipline 
                         problems.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         The kid's bored. Came here for a challenge 
                         but it'snot enough for her.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Not enough? This is just the beginning 
                         of her career, how could she possibly 
                         know what's ahead for her.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         I know, but she doesn't see it Sam. 
                         Don't get me wrong, I see her potential, 
                         her physical skills are terrific despite 
                         her size, she's an expert marksman, 
                         superb glider pilot but that's not all 
                         there is to becoming an Air Force officer. 
                         If she keeps insisting on
 
               
               doing things her own way then..

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'd like to talk to her, if that's okay?
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         I was hoping you'd say that.

               
               The scientists are talking.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Who said that?

               
                                     LEE
                         He did.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Oh for.

               
               He walks over to Jack.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel O'Neill, Dr Lee tells me you've 
                         denied our request to conduct a survey 
                         of the cave network.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. I just asked him to wait until I 
                         could have a chance to check it out.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         With no regard to our timetable?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         None what so ever.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel, what exactly do you expect 
                         to find in there?
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Look Doctor, this is another planet,
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Actually it's a moon. We're orbiting 
                         that gas giant.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh well, if it's a moon, go ahead, do 
                         whatever you want, what could happen?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel, this outpost has been up and 
                         running for six weeks now without the 
                         slightest hint of anything remotely 
                         dangerous.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You can explore the caves once they've 
                         been checked out. Anymore pressing matters?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         None what so ever.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Oh yeah.

               
               Air Force Academy.

               
               Haley is working on something and Sam walks in.

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's beautiful, isn't it?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Major Carter.

               
                                     CARTER
                         At ease Cadet. Getting in a little extra 
                         lab time?
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I wanted to talk to you about the term 
                         paper you did for Professor Monroe. 
                         `Towards a new cosmology of multiple 
                         realities'. It's an interesting topic.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Professor Monroe gave me a D.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Because it wasn't the assignment.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Permission to speak freely ma'am?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Hmm. (nodding)

               
                                     HALEY
                         The assignment was lame.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Maybe it was, but it was the assignment.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         You read it anyway?

               
                                     CARTER
                         As a matter of fact I did. It's intriguing.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         The same word Professor Monroe used.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Maybe because that's what it is. An 
                         intriguing idea. But it's based on way 
                         too many unfounded assumptions to make 
                         a valid theory.
 
               
               For example you assume matter can travel both ways through an 
               open wormhole.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         So?

               
                                     CARTER
                         So, how do you know?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Well until somebody shows me a real 
                         wormhole that can only go one way..
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         That's not the point, you made an assumption.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         What about you're assumption Major? 
                         That you're the one that's right and 
                         I'm wrong.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Cadet, that paper is way, way beyond 
                         anything you're likely to be taught 
                         at the Academy. And if you want points 
                         for it, hey, we're all impressed. It 
                         doesn't mean you don't do the assignment.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         I'm late for a class, ma'am. Am I dismissed?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes.

               
               Off world

               
               Jack and Teal'c are walking along and Jack is talking over the 
               radio.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hamilton?

               
               Back in the research post.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel O'Neill. How are the caves?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Dark.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         No subterranean monsters I assume?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Not this time. Go ahead and do your 
                         survey.
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Thank you.

               
               Teal'c and Jack carrying on walking.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         You seem disappointed we found nothing 
                         O'Neill.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No it's just you know I wanted him to 
                         be wrong just so he'd be wrong. And 
                         if he was wrong then we'd have something 
                         to do.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I see.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You hear something?

               
               A tiny gold glowing insect type flies around and zips off through 
               a tree.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Indeed. I have never before encountered 
                         anything like it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Cool.

               
               Air Force Academy

               
               The lecture theatre.

               
                                     PROF
                         I didn't realise you were still here.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I wanted to talk to you about Cadet 
                         Haley's paper.
 
               
                                     PROF
                         Sam.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Look, at first I agreed with you it 
                         didn't add up. But there was something 
                         about it that kept nagging at me. I 
                         finally figured out what it was. The 
                         equations don't make sense unless you 
                         allow for variations in the speed of 
                         light.
 
               
                                     PROF
                         Which is a universal constant.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Not if you expand the frame of reference 
                         to include multiple universes. That's 
                         where this paper comes in. I think without 
                         even realising it, Cadet Haley intuitively 
                         arrived at a whole new way of looking 
                         at cosmology. Under certain special 
                         circumstances what we would see as an 
                         effect preceding a cause would in fact 
                         be an effect following a cause in a 
                         parallel reality.
 
               
                                     PROF
                         That's assuming that parallel realities 
                         occasionally overlap.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm fairly confident that's the case.
 
                         
               
                                     PROF
                         Really, why? I know she's got to you, 
                         but I think you're trying hard to see 
                         something that isn't there.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         All right. Even if this theory ultimately 
                         proves to be incorrect, you have to 
                         admit it's a brilliant insight.
 
               
                                     PROF
                         Jennifer Haley is no longer our problem.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         What do you mean?

               
                                     PROF
                         She got into a fight this morning with 
                         another Cadet. As fond as General Kerrigan 
                         is of her, he'll have to expel her.
 
                         
               
               Off world

               
               The scientists are trying to sneak off.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Are you sure this is such a good idea?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Hey I didn't come half way across the 
                         galaxy to wait for permission to do 
                         my job.
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         I know but Colonel O'Neill..

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel O'Neill doesn't have a clue 
                         what we're trying to accomplish here, 
                         he's too busy polishing his M16.
 
               
               Jack is sitting behind a crate watching them walk off.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Actually it's a P90. You boys going 
                         somewhere?
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Ahh yes we're gonna go see if we could 
                         find that creature you encountered.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Apparently you didn't hear me the first 
                         time I told you clearly, and in no uncertain 
                         terms, not the heck yet.
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         You know, if your description is correct 
                         we're talking about something that can 
                         pass right through solid matter.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yes and therefore logically we'd have 
                         no defence against it.
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         This is typical military thinking. You 
                         encounter something you don't understand 
                         and you immediately assume it's a threat.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Well, until we determine there is no 
                         threat, I will assume there is one. 
                         Do we have a problem here?
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel, with all due respect. When 
                         I agreed to this assignment I was under 
                         the impression I was going to be in 
                         charge.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You are in charge.. Of the other scientists.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         That you think you are even qualified 
                         to decide what we can and cannot do 
                         around here.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Colonel O'Neill is indeed qualified 
                         Dr Hamilton having encountered many 
                         alien species, as have I long before 
                         you were born. I strongly suggest you 
                         do what Colonel O'Neill says.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you Rocko. Boys, we'll be in touch.
 
                         
               
               Air Force Academy

               
               The General's Office.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Cadet Haley is helping to train an underclassman 
                         named Chloe Brown who is having problems 
                         with her physical fitness tests. Apparently 
                         one of the cadre made a derogatory comment 
                         about the young lady. Cadet Haley told 
                         him to knock it off.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         And when he didn't?

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         She broke his nose.

               
                                     CARTER
                         She what?

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         I can't let that go, I don't give a 
                         damn how smart she is.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         She was defending a fellow classmate.
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         I know.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm not asking for her to go unpunished 
                         Sir. But if she's half as brilliant 
                         as I think she is, we don't wanna lose 
                         her.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         We're not here to make advancements 
                         in theoretical physics, we're here to 
                         defend this country.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         I understand that Sir but they're not 
                         mutually exclusive goals.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Can I assume you're referring to your 
                         research project up at Cheyenne Mountain?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You can.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Deep space radar analysis, isn't it?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Something like that Sir, yes.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Well, I don't know what it really is 
                         you're working on inside that mountain 
                         but I do know if you've got something 
                         to do with it, then it's high priority.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well thank you Sir, it is. And believe 
                         me when I tell you Cadet Haley is exactly 
                         the kind of person we need.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         She'll have to be punished.

               
                                     CARTER
                         As she should be Sir. But I don't think 
                         she's about to go on a rampage beating 
                         up upperclassmen.
 
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Send her in.

               
               Haley walks in and salutes.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Sir, Cadet Haley reports as ordered.
 
                         
               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         At ease. Major Carter?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Cadet Haley, I'd like to ask you a few 
                         questions. Answer honestly.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Who the hell do you think you are?
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Ma'am?

               
                                     CARTER
                         You think you're better than us? You 
                         think you're too good for the Air Force?
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         No ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh come on, all those little rules and 
                         regulations, they don't really apply 
                         to you right? I mean let's face it, 
                         what's the point of a chain of command 
                         when none of your superiors are as smart 
                         as you are?
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         I don't feel that way ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Oh I think you do. And I think deep 
                         down you wanna leave. Let me do you 
                         a favour. The door's open, why don't 
                         you just quit and go home?
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         No ma'am. I won't quit.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I'm just giving you the chance to walk 
                         out before General Kerrigan throws you 
                         out.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         I won't quit.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Good.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Cadet Haley, as far as I'm concerned 
                         you've demonstrated a remarkable inability 
                         to be a functioning member of the United 
                         States Air Force. But Major Carter has 
                         a future in mind for you and I respect 
                         Major Carter's opinion. Although the 
                         rest of your punishment stands I'm not 
                         recommending dismissal.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Thank you Sir.

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         You may go.

               
               She leaves

               
                                     KERRIGAN
                         Good luck.

               
               Sam walks along with Haley.

               
                                     CARTER
                         What were you thinking breaking the 
                         nose of an upperclassman like that?
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Aim high?

               
                                     CARTER
                         That's not funny.

               
                                     HALEY
                         No ma'am, you wouldn't think so would 
                         you?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What's this got to do with me?

               
                                     HALEY
                         Everything. The great Samantha Carter. 
                         You think a day goes by in this place 
                         when I don't hear your name? You've 
                         gotten the highest mark in every class 
                         I've ever been in; you've won every 
                         award I've ever been up for. They've 
                         been comparing me to you since the day 
                         I walked through the door and I never 
                         could seem to measure up.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         That's it? What, so for the first time 
                         in your life you come to a place where 
                         you are not automatically the smartest 
                         and best at everything you do? Get over 
                         it. There are important things at stake.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         You've got my future all planned out 
                         as long as I stay here?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         If you're good enough.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Like what? Flying a transport plane 
                         if I'm one of the lucky ones? I don't 
                         see this exciting future you're talking 
                         about Major.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Something more incredible than even 
                         you could imagine.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Yes ma'am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Cadet. Believe me.

               
               Off world

               
               The research station.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Science is about questioning the status 
                         quo. Questioning authority. Now how 
                         can we do that when the greatest scientific 
                         discovery in human history is in the 
                         hands of the United States Air Force?
 
                         
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Oh my God.

               
               He sees the creature/

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         The camera, get the camera, get the 
                         camera.
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Come on.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Colonel O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Go ahead.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         We just encountered another one of the 
                         creatures. We're following it into the 
                         forest as far as we can.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Let's go.

               
               Hamilton goes into a crowd of the creatures and Jack appears.
 
               
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Incredible.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hamilton, what are you doing?

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         You see Colonel, they're harmless.
 
                         
               
               SGC

               
               Hammond `s Office

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Major, this is a high security area.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I know that Sir, but she's already checked 
                         out security and signed the non-disclosure 
                         forms.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         What did you tell her she was going 
                         to see?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Deep space radar telemetry.

               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Are you absolutely sure about this Major?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         General, she is a perfect candidate 
                         for the SGC.
 
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Her file says otherwise.

               
                                     CARTER
                         I've met her Sir, she is brilliant.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMMOND
                         Not everyone is cut out to be an Air 
                         Force officer Major.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir if she can get one glimpse of her 
                         possible future she will graduate at 
                         the top of her class and become an officer 
                         worthy of serving under your command. 
                         I am absolutely sure about this Sir.
 
                         
               
               Sam and Haley walk along towards the Gateroom.

               
                                     HALEY
                         I don't understand, we're underground, 
                         where could we possibly be going?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         You'll see. What you're about to see 
                         is probably the best kept secret in 
                         the world.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         You're making me nervous.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Good. Because from this point on everything 
                         you thought you knew about the universe 
                         is about to be turned upside down. You 
                         ready?
 
               
               They walk into the Gateroom where the Gate is spinning.

               
                                     HALEY
                         What is it?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's your future. It's called a Stargate.
 
                         
               
                                     TECH DAVIS
                         Chevron 7 locked.

               
               The Gate kawooshes and Haley jumps.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You're looking at the event horizon 
                         of a wormhole connecting this Stargate 
                         to another identical one on another 
                         world 42 thousand light years from Earth.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         That's where we're going?

               
                                     CARTER
                         That's right.

               
                                     HALEY
                         How?

               
                                     CARTER
                         That's the easy part. Come on.

               
               They come through the Gate.

               
                                     HALEY
                         What happened? (Note: my SKY fritzed 
                         so I'm not entirely sure what she said. 
                         This fits with the next comment by Sam.)
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Your body was particlised in the matter 
                         stream and then reintegrated.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         So this is another planet?

               
                                     CARTER
                         It's a moon actually.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Doesn't look that different from home.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Well where there's oxygen there's usually 
                         plant life, trees, water, there are 
                         a couple of differences.
 
               
               Jack walks up.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey Carter. Thought I'd come be your 
                         welcoming committee.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Thank you Sir. How are you?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Ah well the back's acting up a little 
                         actually, the knees, you know always.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Sir, I'd like you to meet Cadet Haley.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Cadet. Welcome to 862. How was your 
                         trip?
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         It was. a trip. Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It always is. ( To Carter) I got something 
                         you should see.
 
               
               Sam and Haley look at a creature in a container. Jack and Teal'c 
               sit a way behind.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         What is it?

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         We're not sure but we think it's some 
                         kind of energy based life form.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         That's impossible.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Yeah, that's what we thought but one 
                         of them led us directly to the others, 
                         which suggests organisation, some kind 
                         of intelligence. They also appear to 
                         be able to phase through solid matter.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah, Teal'c and I saw one zip right 
                         on through a tree. Didn't even slow 
                         it down.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         That's so cool.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         That's exactly what I said. I said that.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         If that's the case, what's keeping it 
                         inside this cylinder?
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         That was Dr. Lee's idea. The top and 
                         bottom plates are electrified. The field 
                         seems to be holding it in.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         You're not hurting it are you?

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         The creature has no physical body, I 
                         don't think it's capable of feeling 
                         pain.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         But if it's intelligent it might not 
                         appreciate being held in a cage.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Might be time to let this one go Doc.
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel, no, please, we need to study 
                         it.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Find another way.

               
               A couple of scientists are in the woods talking via radio.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Hey Bill, come in. Any sign of the swarm?
 
                         
               
                                     SCIENTIST3
                         Nothing yet. Looks like they just disappeared.
 
                         
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         They gotta be around here somewhere. 
                         Try checking for high frequency spikes.
 
                         
               
                                     SCIENTIST3
                         You got it. Oh, hey there. We're your 
                         friends. Woah, easy, we're not gonna 
                         hurt you.
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Bill, you getting anything on the high 
                         frequency?
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST3
                         Argh.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Bill, come in.

               
                                     SCIENTIST3
                         Arrrghhhh.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Oh God. Colonel..

               
               Haley walks over to Teal'c outside the research station.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Teal'c. Do you mind if I call you Teal'c?
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I have no other name.

               
                                     HALEY
                         So I'm guessing you're not.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Human? Then your guess is correct.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Then is this your planet? I mean moon.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         It is not. My home world is called Chulak.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Your world? Wait a second, how many 
                         places does the Stargate go?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The Stargate network is composed of 
                         a great many worlds.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Are you serious?

               
               Scientist 2 runs up.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Colonel O'Neill! Colonel O'Neill! Colonel 
                         O'Neill! Help! Colonel O'Neill.
 
               
               Jack and Sam run outside.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         It's Dr. Thompson. Those things are 
                         attacking Dr. Thompson.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Where?

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Back in the clearing where we first 
                         encountered them.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, get them inside. Teal'c with 
                         me.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Go, go, go.

               
               Jack and Teal'c find Dr. Thompson. He's obviously dead with holes 
               in him.
 
               
               They go back to the research station where Carter is patching 
               up Scientist 2.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey! Just what about my radio transmission 
                         did you not understand? Let's go.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         Just finishing up Sir.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         What about Dr. Thompson?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         He's dead. Let's move.

               
               They all go outside.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Colonel. Colonel, we don't know what 
                         happened out there, this might be an 
                         isolated incident; the creatures may 
                         have been provoked.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Maybe. Let me ask you this, why take 
                         a chance?
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Alright back inside.

               
               They all go back inside and shut the door.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         These walls will not protect us O'Neill.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, we've got about 15 seconds.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I don't know Sir, zats maybe?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Maybe?

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well I just got here. Zats deliver an 
                         electrical charge; they're the only 
                         weapon I can think of that we have that 
                         might have an effect.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Alright everybody get down.

               
               They get the zats out and the creatures swarm Hamilton so Teal'c 
               shoots him. The zats keep the creatures away,
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Arrgghh.

               
               Everyone shuts the windows.

               
                                     CARTER
                         We've wired up the aluminium walls of 
                         this building, when we switch on the 
                         current it might create enough of an 
                         electrical field to keep them out the 
                         same way Dr. Lee's containment vessel 
                         kept them in.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         They are returning.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Light it up.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Stand clear of the walls.

               
                                     HALEY
                         It's working.

               
                                     CARTER
                         As long as we've got power we're safe.
 
                         
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         How long do you think the generator 
                         will keep running?
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         I'm not. I'm not sure.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         You're not sure? Who refuelled it last?
 
                         
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Dr. Thompson. I'm sure he filled it 
                         sometime this morning.
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         We don't know that.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         That would give us another 8 or so hours.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         But you cannot be certain.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         No.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Alright, where is it?

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         It's on the other side of the compound. 
                         Down by the creek.
 
               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         Basically it could run out at any time.
 
                         
               
               Sam, Jack and Teal'c look at the aerial view plan of the area.
 
               
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I think I may have a way out of here 
                         Sir. The creatures are being held back 
                         by the electrical field around the building. 
                         What we need to do is create a field 
                         big enough to repel them from the entire 
                         area.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Yeah?

               
                                     CARTER
                         The Stargate Sir. It's a giant superconductor. 
                         Once activated, the field it generates 
                         would be more than enough.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         So someone's gotta go down there and 
                         dial out.
 
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Anyone attempting to reach the Stargate 
                         would most certainly be killed.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Not necessarily. Now the human body 
                         has an electrical field of its own. 
                         Do you remember what happened when Dr. 
                         Hamilton was hit by Teal'c's zat fire? 
                         The creatures must have left his body 
                         because his body's electrical field 
                         was temporarily altered.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How long would it last?

               
                                     CARTER
                         I don't know Sir.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Shoot him again.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         A second shot from a zat'nik'tel kills.
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's just a guess Sir. I'm not even 
                         sure you would make it to the Gate before 
                         you were vulnerable again.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Hey why'd they attack in the first place?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         I suppose it's possible they were reacting 
                         to the capture of one of their own.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         That's not it.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What?

               
                                     HALEY
                         I've been going over Dr, Thompson's 
                         astronomical observations. Did you know 
                         this moon wasn't even formed from the 
                         original accretion disk of the planet?
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. But I suspected.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Dr. Thompson thinks it was a rogue that 
                         got pulled into an eccentric(?) polar 
                         orbit. A planet's magnetic field eminates 
                         from the poles, it's where it's the 
                         most intense. According to Dr. Thompson's 
                         observations, we entered into the polar 
                         phase of the orbit a couple of days 
                         ago, about the same time the creatures 
                         were first encountered. And they became 
                         violent right at the moment we were 
                         directly over the pole.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         It's possible Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Go on.

               
                                     HALEY
                         Well we're beyond the point of peak 
                         intensity. If we wait, the creatures 
                         will go back to the way they were before.
 
                         
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         How long would that take?

               
                                     HALEY
                         A couple of hours, no more than that.
 
                         
               
                                     TEAL'C
                         The generator will most likely not last 
                         that long.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         We'll hold them off with those phaser 
                         things.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         What do you think? (To Carter)

               
                                     CARTER
                         Well Sir, if I'm right and their behaviour 
                         is retaliatory, waiting will just make 
                         things worse.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         You're not right. I am.

               
                                     CARTER
                         You don't know that Cadet.

               
                                     HALEY
                         We know the creatures are affected by 
                         electric fields. You think it's a coincidence 
                         they happened to go beserk just as we're 
                         passing over the pole?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Do you think it's a coincidence that 
                         they attacked us en masse immediately 
                         after one of their own was captured? 
                         Sir we can't both be right, the theories 
                         are mutually exclusive. Now there's 
                         certainly evidence to support both but 
                         not enough to reach a conclusion.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Colonel, please don't just dismiss what 
                         I'm saying just because you expect her 
                         to be right.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         It doesn't matter whose right, Cadet.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Colonel, you're risking your life for 
                         nothing.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Decision's made.

               
               Jack walks off.

               
                                     HALEY
                         How can it not matter who's right?
 
                         
               
                                     CARTER
                         If he makes a run for the Gate, he's 
                         risking his own life. If he waits, he 
                         risks everyone's life. He can't do that.
 
                         
               
               Jack is getting ready.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         As soon as I get the Gate open, head 
                         straight for it. Don't bring anything 
                         with you.
 
               
                                     HAMILTON
                         Oh no we can't leave behind weeks of 
                         research.
 
               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Carter, if he so much as brings a file 
                         folder, shoot him.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Yes Sir.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Are you ready O'Neill?

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         No. Give me a warning.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         I am going to shoot you.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I was thinking more along the lines 
                         of on three. One.
 
               
               Teal'c shoots him.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Two. I said on three. God.

               
               Teal'c and Scientist 2 help him up.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Good luck O'Neill.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Wish me luck.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Good luck Sir.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         Thank you. Go.

               
               Jack starts running towards the Gate.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'm at the Gate. I'm gonna start dialling.
 
                         
               
               He gets to Chevron 4 and the creatures start to attack him and 
               he falls to the floor.
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         Colonel! Colonel!

               
               Suddenly a zat blast scatters the creatures. It's Teal'c.

               
                                     TEAL'C
                         Quickly O'Neill.

               
               Jack finishes activating the Gate and the creatures leave.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I'll never complain about mosquitoes 
                         again.
 
               
               Everyone has reached the Gate.

               
                                     SCIENTIST2
                         We owe you our thanks Colonel.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I s'pose.

               
                                     HAMILTON
                         And I owe you an apology.

               
                                     O'NEILL
                         I suppose you do.

               
               Jack and Teal'c go through whereas Sam and Haley stop at the 
               event horizon.
 
               
                                     HALEY
                         Is it always like this?

               
                                     CARTER
                         No, sometimes it gets really exciting.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         Will I ever find out which one of us 
                         is right?
 
               
                                     CARTER
                         If you stick around long enough, maybe. 
                         Besides there's always other planets.
 
                         
               
                                     HALEY
                         It's a moon.

               
                                     CARTER
                         Okay, you're right about that.

               
               THE END

               

Prodigy



Writers :   Joseph Mallozzi  Paul Mullie  Brad Wright
Genres :   Sci-Fi  Action  Adventure


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